Photo Credit: City of Frankfurt

Visits to take place around the International Passive House Conference 2016 (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 21 January 2016) Darmstadt, Germany. Curved façades, but a straightforward energy concept: a new office building in Frankfurt, Germany, clearly shows the potential of sustainable building design, with an architectural style that is not only elegant but also intelligent. [read more »]

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This week, the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx)‘s Richard Yancey shared some of his insights regarding Passive House in the Sallan Foundation website’s Snapshot Column.  In the editorial, Yancey describes his inadvertent first visit to a Passive House. As he stepped away from the hot, noisy, and smelly NYC summer streets and into the building, Yancey describes his experience, [read more »]


Steven Winter Associates, Inc. is hiring Passive House consultants, design professionals and modeling experts for its rapidly growing PH team.  Certified professionals in the international or US standard are welcome to apply as are applicants with software training in either standard.  The ideal candidate will have a desire to work directly with clients as well as [read more »]

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Ireland

In the English-speaking world, it can easily be argued that Ireland and New York are Passive House Examples for the rest of the Anglophone World to follow.  It’s not hard to see how the cold winters of Ireland and the old buildings of NYC would benefit from Passive House Institute (PHI)-certified new-builds and EnerPHit-certified retrofits.  Since knowledge-sharing [read more »]

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International Passive House Conference Program Now Available Online (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 6 January 2016) 20th International Passive House Conference April 22-23, 2016 in Darmstadt, Germany Discounted Early Bird Registration Open Now – Reserve Your Spot Today! Darmstadt, Germany. The Passive House is now 25 years old; to celebrate this, the International Passive House Conference is [read more »]

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Ideal Properties Group LLC

Passive Houses are no longer only an owner-inhabited luxury.  As word gets out about the international Passive House Standard‘s suite of benefits including improved indoor air quality, superior craftsmanship, high quality components, and incredible energy and financial savings, it’s no surprise that renters are going to start to demand rentable Passive House buildings. Today, the [read more »]

Ron Bernhardt's passive house in Victoria, B.C., Canada (Image Source: Green Building Advisor)

You probably already know that the international Passive House standard is the only building standard which delivers up to 90% reductions in building heating/cooling energy demands, paving the way to net-zero.  But if you are still having trouble explaining this German concept to your friends and colleagues, worry no more, as the Green Building Advisor has debunked [read more »]

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“Passive-house structures consume a fraction of the energy used by otherwise comparable buildings…. The most rigorous energy-efficiency standard in the world [is] called Passive House.” (The Atlantic) This is a very exciting time for Passive House in NYC, as we turn our eyes to the upcoming Cornell Tech Passive House building, currently under construction on Roosevelt [read more »]

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The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is currently accepting submissions of Passive House projects or Net Zero projects located in the northeast region (New England, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware).  The deadline to start your application is December 31st, so act fast!  Applications must be completed by January 31st. Click here for more information. [read more »]

NYPH Flip Book Cover

Have you heard about the NYPH Flip Book?  New York Passive House 2015 is the ultimate reference manual for the latest and greatest in Passive House examples right here at home in the Greater New York Region.  The Flip Book showcases Passive House Institute (PHI) certified and inspired new builds and retrofits, residential and non-residential, completed [read more »]